Disney Princess Storybook Dining is the place to go if you want to be assured that you will dine with a Princess at Walt Disney World. The Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience is available at Restaurant Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available.
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What is the Princess Storybook Dining Experience?
This is best character meal at Disney World if you are looking to meet the most Disney Princesses. Of course you have Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom but the Princess Storybook Dining has the most Princesses gathered in one restaurant!
Which Princesses will be there? As with all Disney World Character Dining everything is subject to change and you cannot guaratee a particular Princess will be there. But Princess Aurora, Belle, Ariel, Princess Jasmine and Snow White may be there. Mary Poppins also often makes an appearance – although I can never quite understand what qualifies her to be amongst the Princesses! This is a rare opportunity to see Ariel in her ballgown. Of course it would be a little difficult if she wasn’t in her human form!
During the meal the Princesses visit you at your table. There is plenty of opportunity to take pictures and get their autograph.
Will you see Cinderella? She does sometimes appear but it is pretty rare. If you want to see Cinderella then try and get one of those very difficult to snag reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table or go for dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian for Cinderella’s Gala Feast.
Every Princess Dining Experience includes a picture package. A souvenir picture will be taken of your party in the restaurant lobby. The photo packet has four 4×6 prints, one 6×8 print, and a 6×8 photo of the castle presented in a Cinderella themed folder. (Parties of 1-6 get one photo packet, parties of 7-11 get two, parties of 12-15 get three and parties of 16 or more get six photo packages.
The Princess Storybook Dining Akershus Restaurant
Akershus is located in the Norway Pavilion of Epcot World Showcase. It is an amazingly themed recreation of a 14th century Norwiegan castle. High ceilings with huge wooden beams, rustic chandeliers, stained glass windows and atmospheric lighting make this a fitting venue for the Disney Princesses.
Disney Princess Once Upon a Time Breakfast
The breakfast costs $39.40 for adults and $23.42 for children aged 3 to 9. It is served from 8.30 am to 11.00 am.
The breakfast is served family style which means that it is brought pre plated to your table. It is all you care to eat so you can ask for more! The breakfast includes the usual favorites: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Cheese Danish, Fresh Fruit, Breakfast Breads including Cinnamon Rolls, Potato Casserole. Juice and Coffee refils are also included. There is also a healthier option of Yoghurt and Museli.
Princess Storybook Lunch
The price for the Lunch is $41.53 for adult and $24.99 for children aged 3 to 9. This includes tax but not gratuity. You can also use a Dining Credit if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.
The Lunch is both selections from the cold buffet table and made to order hot entrees. The buffet table is called ‘A Taste of Norway’. There is a small buffet table which includes a good selection of salads, meats,cheese, seafood and breads. This is a little different from the usual offerings of a cold buffet and it is good for those who are prepared to try something out of the ordinary. Picky eaters of all ages may find a bit of a problem here!
Guests also choose from a menu of hot entrees. These include an excellent Salmon Burger, Venison Sausage Sandwich, Chicken Sandwich, Mushroom Stuffed Pasta. If you want to try a Norweigan dish then Traditional Kjottkake is available. This is ground beef and pork dumplings with lingonberry sauce.
There is also a children’s menu. This includes cheese pizza, hot dogs and grilled chicken breast.
The lunch includes free tea, coffee and non alcoholic drinks. There is also a list of cocktails with a Norweigan theme all for around $10.
Princess Storybook Dinner
This is the same style as the lunch but it does have different entree choices. The cost is $46.85 for adults and $25.55 for children aged 3 to 9.
Guests can choose from the Taste of Norway buffet table. Entrees include Mustard Glazed Seared Salmon, Sauteed Chicken Breast, Traditional Kjottkake, Mahi Mahi, and Grilled Pork Chop.
Is Princess Storybook Dining Worth It?
How is the food in the Princess Storybook Dining restaurant? Opinions vary of course but most guests do enjoy it even though it is rather different to the usual buffet fare offered at Disney character dining restaurants. For those of us who remember the old Akershus before the Princesses arrive then I would say that the quality went down as soon as the royals took over. And of course the price went up.
So unless you want to pay the price to see the Princesses then this really is not a great choice anymore. But for guests who want to find one of the best places to meet the Disney Princesses then this has to be a winner. If you have picky eaters then choose the breakfast as this has the usual conventional choices, and of course is lower priced too.
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